Haunting history here translates into haunting music, a concept album that brings together multiple talents (Tigana Santana, Céu, etc) and yet feels of a whole, perhaps because the musical arrangements are so spot on inventive.
Favorite track: Swell (featuring Céu).
Haunting Brazilian folk music with great little electronic touches and clever samples - more modern and worldly sounds from the good folks at Mais Um Discos.
Favorite track: Imigrantes (featuring Tigana Santana).
“The prolific Gui Amabis has worked to fuse the Brazilian post-bossa-nova songwriting tradition with electronic sampling and atmospherics” New York Times
“Beautiful, dramatic and epic, Gui Amabis first solo album is born as a relic of cinematographic tonality” O Globo, Rio de Janeiro
"Amabis‘ Memórias Luso/Africanas comes across like a Brazilian
Portishead, featuring three of Brazil’s most distinguished vocalists
atop dense instrumental backing" Sounds and Colours
Amabis' debut solo album “Memorias Luso/Africanas” features a stellar cast of Brazilian vocalists such as Lucas Santtana, Criolo, Ceu, Tulipa, and Tigana Santana. The album narrates his ancestor’s history of moving to Brazil and how that suffering affected them: “The songs mirror what I feel genetically and culturally” he says.
A multi-instrumentalist, on “Memorias Luso/Africanas” Amabis plays keys, bass and guitar, programs samples, effects and sings:
“I thought about the record as a film" he says, "to be listened and felt”.
Mostly known for his production work - famously on Ceu’s acclaimed second and third albums “Vagarosa” and “Caravana Sereia Bloom”, Amabis has also worked on soundtracks for both Brazilian TV (“City of Men”) and Hollywood (“Lord of War”, “Collateral”) and is an in-demand musician who's featured on records by Rodrigo Campos, Curumin and Lucas Santtana. Alongside Céu, Rica Amabis and Dengue and Pupillo (Nacao Zumbi) he recorded "Sonantes", released by Six Degrees in 2007.